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DECISION 2020: Tulsa County voter gets replacement ballot after he thinks first one goes missing

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 08:27:23-04

TULSA, Okla. — University of Tulsa graduate student, Justin Sohl, thought his absentee ballot went missing.

He waited nearly a month for it to arrive in his mailbox but it never came.

"At this point, it looks like I'll be voting in person," Sohl told 2 Works for You.

Sohl said he requested absentee ballots for the June 30 primary election, Aug. 25 runoff election, and the upcoming Nov. 3 presidential election. He said he only received a ballot for August.

He submitted a complaint to ProPublica Electionland who helped Problem Solvers get in contact with Sohl.

Sohl told 2 Works for You he noticed his friends getting their absentee ballots for the general election in mid-September. He said he checked the OK Voter Portal and it showed his ballot was sent. A month later it's nowhere to be found... or so he thought.

A Tulsa County Election Board official snapped a picture of Sohl's mailed ballot that had been returned to the county election board office. According to election board officials, Sohl incorrectly submitted his mailing address on the absentee ballot request form and the postal service returned the ballot.

Election board officials told 2 Works for You they spoke with Sohl and found a way to correct his address and plan to send him a replacement ballot.

Officials said Sohl is not the only Tulsa County voter to receive a replacement ballot, but the number is not as high this election, despite hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots mailed out.

The Oklahoma State Election Board asks voters to request a replacement ballot at their county election board if they do not have their absentee ballot after seven days.

Visit 2 Works for You's Election Guide for all information on Decision 2020 and check out tips to make sure your vote is counted.

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